Lobster Roll by Paddlefish at Disney Springs

Disney sent us 3 renderings of what their boat-shaped restaurant at Disney Springs called Paddlefish (Website) will look like after its multi-million dollar overhaul but we'd rather look a picture of their lobster roll. 

Mac + Cheese

Sloppy Chocolate Popcorn Bomb: Vanilla bean ice cream, lots of chocolate, brownie and caramel popcorn garnish. (That's not the official product name. We made it up.)

Baby Lobster Rolls!

Head Chef

Modera Central Highrise to Break Ground

A 350-unit apartment building called Modera Central at 150 E. Central Blvd. will be digging in its groundbreaking shovels Wednesday afternoon on this downtown Lake-Eola-adjacent 22 story high rise. 

  1. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments
  2. Elevated pool deck with views of Orlando skyline and Lake Eola
  3. Outdoor demonstration kitchen
  4. 12,500 sq ft of Commercial Space
  5. 4-story 25,000 sq ft University Club

Anna Maria Island Travel Guide for Condé Nast Traveler

There’s nothing better than going island hopping along Florida’s Gulf Coast. So when one of my all time favorite magazines asked me to visit Anna Maria Island and create a travel guide for cntraveler.com, I couldn’t wait to get started!

Kara Franker in Bradenton, Florida

Anna Maria Island is one of my favorite places in the Sunshine State and soon you’ll find out why.

Bird at Sunset on Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

The team at the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau were great to work with as they were able to point me in the right direction for a bunch of fun things to see and do.

White Bird Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

I’ve put together some of my favorite highlights below, but make sure you check out the full guide here: This Beach Destination Should Be Your Next Getaway.

Kara Franker reading Conde Nast Traveler in Anna Maria Island

Plan The Ultimate Beach Getaway to Anna Maria Island

Beach Chairs on Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker
Not all beaches are created equal. Go off the beaten path on Florida’s west coast to discover a stretch of uncrowded white sand and a charming island community offering lots to do. (Check out the full travel guide on cntraveler.com).
Sunset Colors Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

Where to Play

Beaches in the Bradenton Area are second to none and undoubtedly provide the main attraction.

Perfect Beach Day on Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

Popular beaches stretch south from Anna Maria down to Manatee Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, and Whitney Beach.

Palm Tree Paradise on Anna Mara Island by Kara Franker

With so many beaches to choose from, you’re sure to find a deserted patch of white sand all to yourself.

Beach Anna Maria Island

Or explore a remote island and set sail to beautiful Egmont Key, only accessible by boat.

Sunset Catamaran Sail Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

Book a catamaran excursion with Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans—you can snorkel among schools of brightly colored fish, watch for dolphins playing in the surf, and enjoy a picnic with the whole family.

Jeremy Franker on a Catamaran at Sunset

Both day trips and nightly sunset cruises leave from Mainsail Marina on Anna Maria Island.

Kara Franker on a Catamaran at Sunset on Anna Maria Island

For more fun on the water go kayaking. Or take a SUP yoga class with Island Yoga Space. Paddle through mangroves on a guided tour to practice your downward-facing-dog pose—all while balancing above the calm waters of the bay. Then cool off your flow with a swim.

Kayakers on Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

And if a little R&R is what you’re after, book the island’s only beachfront massage in a private tiki hut. The spa therapists at Sea-renity Beach Spa & Eco Boutique will soothe your senses with a stress-relieving treatment set to the sounds of lapping waves and gulf breezes.

Kara Franker on a Jetty in Anna Maria Island

Speaking of art and shopping, no trip to Anna Maria Island is complete without a visit to the whimsical Shiny Fish Emporium on hip Pine Avenue. You’ll find unique island-inspired specialty items curated by owners Rebecca and Dan.

Shiny Fish Emporium 1

Think coastal home décor, funky ukuleles, artisan popsicles, tropical beachwear, and the chance to make your own sand dollar art. Pick up a paintbrush and choose from dozens of bright colors to craft your own design.

Shiny Fish Emporium 2

Then Rebecca and Dan will blast it with glitter and thread the sand dollar with a vibrant ribbon to hang in your home. Talk about a perfect keepsake!

Shiny Fish Emporium 3

Did you know that Bradenton is home to the oldest living manatee in the world, according to the Guinness World Records? The Parker Aquarium at the South Florida Museum is not only home to Snooty, but it’s also a second stage rehabilitation center for injured manatees.

Manatees in Bradenton, Florida

The museum is the largest natural and cultural history institution on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Giant Shark Mouth in Bradenton

Visit the Anna Maria City Pier and go fishing, dolphin watching or just enjoy the panoramic water views.

Fishing on the Anna Maria City Pier by Kara Franker

I had a blast checking out the pier with my friend, Lindsay Dufresne. :)

Kara Franker and Lindsay Dufresne in Anna Maria Island

Where to Dine

The Bradenton Area is every island foodie’s dream and offers a variety of local restaurants from an eclectic donut shop to delectable seafood joints. Opt for creative made-to-order donuts at the Donut Experiment, Anna Maria Island’s only donut shop.

Donut Experiment Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

That’s right: You can build your own. Start with a vanilla cake donut, then pick your icing and topping. From maple glaze and bacon to strawberry fruity pebbles, the possibilities at this Pine Avenue hotspot are endless.

2 Donuts Anna Maria Island

An island mainstay known for their relaxed and funky island vibe, Ginny’s and Jane E’s has been serving breakfast and lunch since 1946.

Ginny and Jane Es in Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

Start with a glass of fresh Florida orange juice and a house bakery item like a decadent cinnamon roll or sticky bun, delicious apricot cream cheese scone, or the all-time crowd favorite: crème brûlée French toast drenched in pure maple syrup.

Ginny and Jane Es in Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

Likely the most famous watering hole on the island, the Sandbar Restaurant is the ultimate beach bar and it’s an Anna Maria Island icon. Sip on a tropical rum cocktail with your toes in the sand and nosh on locally caught seafood featuring side dishes from nearby Gamble Creek Farm.

Sandbar in Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

For more fresh local seafood and hearty dishes, reserve a table at Blue Marlin Grill, located in an original 1920s cottage on historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The intimate eatery features nautical inspired décor, live music on weekends, and a menu sporting favorites like Cortez cracker shrimp dusted with cajun cornmeal and served with chipotle mayo, as well as locally caught fish of the day blackened over classic linguini alfredo with pesto.

Blue Marlin Grill in Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

Heading onto the mainland along the Manatee River, stop by at Pier 22, named after the “22” channel marker leading into Twin Dolphin Marina. Dine alfresco on the waterfront terrace and choose from items like a classic grouper sandwich, jambalaya, shrimp scampi, or the prime rib dinner.

Marina in Bradenton by Kara Franker

Cure your sweet tooth with a visit to Cupcakes Delight AMI. This family-owned bakery crafts moist and delicious cupcakes daily and are famous for their signature butter cream and cream cheese frostings made from scratch.

Anna Maria Cupcake by Kara Franker

Exuding a sense of Old Florida, this charming coastal town isn’t overdeveloped with expansive resort towers and name brand hotels. It’s quite the opposite actually. Which makes the Bradenton Area the perfect place to book a family-friendly beach condo or private home for the week.

Anna Maria Island Rooftop Sunset by Kara Franker

From luxurious three-story private estates to quaint and cozy beach cottages, Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals offers a variety of places to stay on and around the island. Choose from more than 200 homes and condos available for weekly rentals. All come equipped with full-size kitchens and dining areas, so you can cook up your own island-inspired meals.

Beach Room on Anna Maria Island

Or choose a play palace with a private pool complete with a waterslide in the backyard, to keep the family entertained between treks to the beach.

Kara and Jeremy Water Slide Anna Maria Island

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two, or a large family reunion style get-together, you’ll find a vacation rental for almost any budget. Some even welcome your four-legged furry family members, too.

Vacation Home on Anna Maria Island

How to Get Around

Anna Maria Island is golf-cart-friendly, so head over to Beach Bums rental store on Pine Avenue to score your own set of open-air wheels for a week full of island exploration. They also offer bicycles, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, beach gear, and more, so it’s the ideal place to get outfitted for everything you’ll need during your vacation.

Kara Franker on a Golf Cart in Anna Maria Island

There’s also a free trolley service that runs along the entire island from Coquina Beach all the way to the Public Pier on the north side of Anna Maria. Look for the green trolley signs situated about two to four blocks apart along the main drag. The trolley stops every 15 to 20 minutes and runs daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pier at Anna Maria Island

Just when you thought the Bradenton area has something to fulfill every one of your passions, there’s even more excitement to be found. Here are a few of the most popular events to brighten your calendar.

  1. A free three-day event in April celebrating the area’s vibrant culture, DeSoto Heritage Seafood Fest features local restaurants, live entertainment, and works of art.
  2. Nosh on local eats and browse works by artisans each May, when Anna Maria Island hosts Food and Wine on Pine.
  3. Nothing goes together quite like great food and music, and every November the Symphony on the Sand event delivers those things beautifully with an orchestra and sunset dinner served right on the beach.
  4. Music lovers flock to the Bradenton Blues Festival each December along the Riverwalk on the Manatee River.
  5. For family fun, don’t miss Snooty’s Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival at the South Florida Museum to celebrate Snooty—the oldest manatee in the world—who turns 69 this year!

Plan your Bradenton getaway here.

Bird Sunset on Anna Maria Island by Kara Franker

Follow both Condé Nast Traveler and Visit Bradenton’s social media channels for more travel tips:

Palm Tree on Anna Maria Island

Parts of this post originally appeared on cntraveler.com.

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Nobody Cares But… City May Buy 78 Golf Carts

The City of Orlando owns Dubsdread Golf Course (Website). Due to the expiring warranties on the current fleet of 78 golf carts, it is necessary to trade them in for new ones to keep maintenance costs at a minimum. Additionally, the timely replacement of the carts will result in favorable trade-in values on the existing fleet

The Procurement & Contracts Division and Office of Business and Financial Services is asking City Council for Club Car of Augusta, Georgia to replace the existing fleet of golf carts. If approved, the purchase will go through.

This $201,938.52 purchase will consist of the following: 
  1. trade in 78 carts
  2. purchase 78 new electric golf carts
  3. purchase a beverage cart 
  4. purchase a passenger cart
Service and Warranty repairs will be handled directly through Club Car’s factory branch operation located in Maitland

Artegon Mall May Become a Theme Park

Last week we told you Artegon Mall went up for sale. Saturday, Growthspotter broke the story about what is possibly happening with Artegon Mall. According to Growthspotter's anonymous sources who aren't allowed to discuss the negotiations, an unnamed developer that (1) builds theme parks, (2) does not have a project in Orlando, (3) is US-based and (4) has international partners is pursuing the assemblage of three parcels including (1) Artegon Mall, (2) a 77 acre parcel directly south of Artegon and (3) 32 outparcel acres totaling 213 acres on which they want to build a theme park, water park and hotels.

This is our guess for this unnamed company: Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation. They don't have a presence in Orlando and they develop theme parks, water parks and hotels. 

Orlando Cereal Bar

The Daily City's new Cereal Bar is open! Get mugs of 6 classic cereals with your choice of organic whole, organic skim, homemade almond or homemade coconut milks. The 6 cereals we're starting with are Lucky Charms, Apple Jacks, Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Flakes, Fake Cocoa Pebbles, Fake Fruity Pebbles. The cereal is available 8am-9pm inside Vita Luna Cafe at 1221 N. Mills Ave which has excellent coffees to enjoy your cereal mug with! Cereal Bar by @thedailycity. Coffee by @vitalunaCafe.

Swan + Dolphin Food Wine Classic 2016

Photo Credit: The Daily City

The 7th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is back October 28 + 29th with 50 food and wine stations. The food includes selections from the resort’s signature restaurants: Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s bluezoo, as well as wines, beers and cocktails from around the world.

Advance purchase unlimited food and beverage samples are $105 per person; beer garden upgrade is $130 per person including taxes. Tickets are available online or call 1-800-227-1500.

New Milk District Main Street Executive Director Position is Open

The Milk District Main Street in Orlando is seeking an energetic, dynamic, creative, and organized individual to serve as full-time Executive Director of The Milk District Main Street Program. This highly motivated successful candidate will be the central figure in assisting with the development and revitalization efforts in The Milk District Main Street District and will manage all aspects of the operations of the program. This includes community outreach, event planning, marketing, fundraising, business/membership development and day to day activities. The Executive Director will further and enhance the Board of Directors strategic goals for the program and will coordinate with the City of Orlando Main Street Administrator and other Orlando Main Street districts. The Executive Director will report to The Milk District Board of Directors. This is a full-time position and will require some after hour events and meetings. Salary range is $32,000-$36,000.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  1. Coordinate, develop and maintain business relationships with all Milk District Main Street businesses within the district. 
  2. Maintain relationships and communications with The Milk District’s City Commissioners and the City of Orlando Main Street Administrator. 
  3. Attend all Milk District meetings, including committee meetings, board meetings, and other scheduled events and/or programs. 
  4. Coordinate committee activities with committee chairs. 
  5. Promote program involvement and membership to merchants, residents, property owners, and other stakeholders/interested parties within The Milk Street district. 
  6. Make suggestions to the Board of Directors based on feedback from program constituents on program content and benefits. 
  7. Maintain and track memberships, sponsorships, donations, all receivables and budgeted/approved expenditures. 
  8. Prepare monthly program reports. 
  9. Coordinate all programs and activities within The Milk District. 
  10. Oversee daily operations and administration, and provide needed hands-on involvement. 
  11. Coordinate projects, promotional activities, and collecting local market information. 
  12. Be a Full-time advocate for The Milk District. 
  13. Become an authority on information, resources, programs and history related to the district. 
  14. Work cooperatively with the local community to develop and implement action plans and timetables which will include public and private activities and events. 
  15. Implement local objectives through the development of revitalization tools, such as rehabilitation programs; existing state and federal funding sources and grant opportunities, administrative procedures; political mechanisms; and legal processes, as appropriate. 
  16. Develop, monitor, and assess economic strategies to attract new users into existing facilities and expand current market opportunities. 
  17. Developing and maintain contacts with media sources to disseminate project information within the local community. 
  18. Coordinate all social media marketing/accounts 
  19. Develop and direct a strong volunteer base. 
  20. Oversee and manage volunteers and interns as applicable. 
  21. Other duties as directed by The Milk District Main Street Board of Directors and the City of Orlando Main Street Administrator. 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Public Administration, related field, or; relevant entrepreneurial and management experience. 
  2. Minimum of 1 year related experience in economic development, downtown development, organizational development, nonprofit management, or small business management. 
  3. Must possess confidence, professionalism, strong people skill working with a diverse group of business owners and residents 
  4. Must have strong organizational skills, efficiency, initiative, resourcefulness, and an ability to work in a rapidly changing urban environment. 
  5. Must be able to work independently and be accountable. 
  6. Must be able to set and achieve short and long term goals. 
  7. Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently both written and verbally. 
  8. Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google and Google Drive, QuickBooks. Experience in WordPress is preferred. 

  1. Ability to manage websites and social media content such as Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, and Blogs. 
  2. Experience with event planning and organizational/membership/community meetings. 
  3. Experience with fundraising, including corporate membership campaigns, sponsor solicitations, institutional supporters, and individual donors. 
  4. Proficient in conflict resolution and problem solving. 
  5. Outstanding customer service and problem solving skills. 
  6. Ability to multi-task. 

Desired Attributes:
  1. Ability to maintain a positive and creative work environment. 
  2. Possess a philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit. 
  3. Display a strong ability to lead, motivate and delegate. 
  4. Excel in developing customer loyalty. 
  5. Flexibility with hours. 

Please submit cover letter and resume to Pauline Eaton, City of Orlando Main Streets Administrator at Pauline.Eaton@cityoforlando.net. No phone calls or information-seeking emails please. Resumes will be received until Friday, November 11, 2016.

11/9 Creating Proactive Action Plan for Start-Up Business Growth

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